Infrastructure Reliability & Integrity Systems Division

Recruitment #1909-4026-001


The Infrastructure Reliability and Integrity Systems Division of the Tucson Water Department is seeking an experienced Water Utility Locator. These positions are responsible for locating and marking the City's underground water and reclaim piping and components in order to minimize accidental damage or disruption of service due to construction excavation activities. Work requires exercise of initiative and independent judgment in effectively interpreting equipment readings and identifying system locations.

General Description

Determines and marks location of underground water construction facilities using valve maps, geographic maps, construction plans, system asbuilts, and electronic locating devices. Assures regulatory compliance by responding to AZ811 locate tickets and assists contractors, customers, and Tucson Water staff with projects.

Essential Functions

  • Locates and marks underground water facilities and provides assistance to customers by reviewing and prioritizing locate tickets, using maps and plans, specialized detection equipment and measuring devices, spray painting or marking the area with feathers, locating valves and mains, tracing service lines and troubleshooting problems.
  • Assists contractors with construction projects by receiving and reviewing maps and plans, attending pre-construction meetings, identifying underground lines, repainting destroyed locate marks, monitoring project schedules and resolving unexpected water problems.
  • Responds to and electronically files completed AZ811 locate tickets and logs activities.
  • Ensures that work conforms to local, state and federal government regulations, worker safety and other applicable rules and regulations.
  • Acts as a first responder for emergencies, including assisting the fire Department with large fires.
  • Assists and coordinates with other utilities and agencies regarding locating and marking underground facilities.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: 6 months post High School

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 4 years of professional experience using electronic locating equipment to locate and mark underground facilities/utilities

Valid and Unrestricted  Class D - Driver's License

Special Job Requirements

Required within 12 months of hire:

  • Staking University Certification
  • ADEQ Water Distribution Grade 1 Certification

Failure to obtain the required certifications will result in failure of probation and/or termination of employment in accordance with applicable Civil Service Rules and/or Administrative Directives.

Applicants with water certifications from other states will be accepted only if the certification is eligible for reciprocity. However, applicants are required to check with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) regarding reciprocity eligibility/requirements.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the above minimum qualifications as well as relevant experience in  the areas listed below:

  • Experience locating and marking water and sewer utilities
  • Experience locating and marking non-conductive utilities                                    

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an Oral Board interview.   

  • Oral Board Interviews will be held: September 26-27, 2019

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:      

  • 10% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 90% of your oral board interview   

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that may be utilized to fill vacancies occurring at Tucson Water within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process, submit at the time of the oral board interview or email it to Roxie.Escarcega@tucsonaz.gov. The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Roxie Escarcega at (520) 837-2138 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


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Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Basic Physical

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.